Blocked arteries can cause serious problems when they prevent blood from reaching different parts of your body, but the effects will depend on which area is affected. A blocked artery in your arm can cause pain and other symptoms that may affect your daily life.
A blocked artery in your heart could put you at risk of a heart attack, so it is one of the issues that your cardiologist will look out for during heart screening. You might also have tests to check your heart for blockages if you’ve been having symptoms that could be caused by coronary artery disease.
Carotid Doppler scans are one of the tools that your doctor can use to assess your stroke risk or to work out the best course of treatment for a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). What exactly is a Doppler scan and how does it help us to understand your condition?
Most women will have their first routine ultrasound scan at about 12 weeks, but it is possible to arrange an earlier private pregnancy scan at a clinic in London. We should be able to see the amniotic sac in your womb from as early as four or five weeks, although the embryo itself will be too small for you to see. By seven weeks, we can usually detect the heartbeat and see your baby on the screen.
Ultrasounds are wonderful opportunities to see and bond with your baby, but the scans are also an important part of your antenatal care. During the ultrasound, your doctor or sonographer will perform some simple checks to ensure that your baby is growing well and developing normally. Although most babies will remain healthy, there is a small chance that a problem will be detected during your private pregnancy scan in London. Continue reading What Happens When Problems Are Detected During an Ultrasound?
Kidney stones are very common and generally harmless, but sometimes a kidney stone can become stuck on its way out of your body. When this happens, it can be important for your doctor to pinpoint the location of the stone so that it can be helped on its way. This is usually done using imaging methods such as an abdominal ultrasound at the London clinic. Continue reading How Ultrasound Helps Defeat Kidney Stones
Research at the University of Washington’s Department of Bioengineering has found that subclinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) can be detected by a portable ultrasound device prior to a heart attack occurring. Continue reading Ultrasound can Detect a Heart Attack Before it Occurs